Missions is about the worship of Jesus. The goal of missions is the global worship of Jesus by his redeemed people from every tribe, tongue, and nation…Missions aims at, brings about, and is fueled by the worship of Jesus.
John Piper, Holy Ambition: To Preach Where Christ Has Not Been Named

I was given new camera to use for my work here in Haiti, and my friend/fellow missionary is teaching me how to use it. During my first lesson, he gave me an assignment to take photos inside of a still object using different lighting. This was the result. Thank you, Channing Tatum, for being top notch.

In case you’re wondering why I even have this G.I. Joe doll, it’s a long story.

Haiti Bound: 5 days

I leave for Haiti in less than one week. 5 days to be exact. I thought moving my whole life to California was a challenge. However, I’ve come to realize that moving my life to a third world country is a greater challenge. 

Six months ago, I journeyed to Haiti for the third time to spend time at the school and seek answers from the Lord of whether or not I was supposed to be there for a longer term. While sitting in the window seat on my flight back home, I decided that I would obey God’s call on my life and follow Him to Haiti. A month later (February 28th to be exact), I launched my blog and fundraising campaign. On April 15th, I moved back home to Indiana after living in California for 8 months. On May 20th, I found out that I was fully funded for my 2 year commitment in Haiti.

 It’s been quite the adventure already and I haven’t even arrived to Haiti yet! Because the date is quickly approaching, the move is all becoming real. VERY REAL. It’s hard to believe that it’s actually happening. I’ve realized that I’m really going to miss my family, my dear friends and church family, the ability to make a Wal-Mart run whenever I need something, reliable internet, and being able to talk to whoever I want, when I want. I will miss my best friend having her first baby, a childhood friend’s wedding, Thanksgiving with family, and potentially even Christmas at home.
Although thinking about all of that at once is overwhelming, I can’t help but think of these encouraging words from Paul: "Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil. 3:8-11)
As I settle into my new home and my dream becomes a reality, I pray that I would never lose sight of Jesus. Jesus is the only reason I am going and He deserves all the glory.  I consider it a great privilege that He chose me to partake in this sort of Kingdom work. And when suffering comes, both great and small, I pray for perseverance. That I will press on towards the goal as I run to my Savior.
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You may fear that the Lord has passed you by, but it is not so: he who counts the stars, and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting his own children. He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature he ever made, or the only saint he ever loved. Approach him and be at peace.

Charles Spurgeon

I just love this.

I wouldn’t normally post a journal entry; but I decided to share genuine thoughts about my year as a 22 year old.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Today I turned 23. Let me tell you, my 23rd year of living was quite the adventure. I had just graduated from college, had my first full-time job, went to Haiti for 5 weeks, moved to California for 8 months, went to Haiti for 10 days, decided to move to Haiti, spent 2 & a half months fundraising (Feb. 25—May 18), returned home to Indiana on April 15, and etc. I even got to meet Goofy at Disneyland and meet Francis Chan. What a year full of sweet adventure with the Lord. It has definitely been a year of much growth and increase of faith. It’s amazing to look back and see the ways God has been the center of it all. It’s truly amazing to see what happens when you put all of yourself in His hands. I’ve seen God at work more in this past year than ever before. I can only be excited for what’s to come. I pray that the faith journeys would never lack zeal. I can’t wait to see what unfolds as I pursue Jesus. Cheers to a great year and to the start of my 24th year of existence. Life with Jesus is so exciting! May the joyful adventure live on!

Thank you, Jesus.

28 DAYS, 17 HOURS, 49 MINUTES

It’s hard to believe that I’m only a mere amount of days away from taking off to my new home in Haiti, the beautiful island that has radically captured my heart . For those of you who have been following my journey, you know how thrilling this is for me! I can hardly wait for the moment my bones can finally join my soul again.

My heart is anxious, but in a good way. I am beyond excited to embrace the children I have fallen madly in love with. To kiss their cheeks, hold them in my arms, and do it all over again! And not for just a week or a month, but for the next two years of my life.

I’m can’t wait to get my hands dirty and do some serious work at the school and in the villages. Not only do I get to be a regular presence in the lives of the students while at school, I will be visiting their homes and getting to know their families. A.K.A. I get to build relationships and spread the love of Christ! How awesome and exciting is that?! And that’s not all, folks! I get to serve alongside and encourage some incredible teachers, school leaders, and ministry staff.

I know living in Haiti will come with great difficulty, but I can’t help but be overjoyed to fulfill the Lord’s calling on my life and live out the desires of my heart.

 ”Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me…let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ…For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake...”
— Apostle Paul, Philippians 1:19-22, 27, 29